DID THE TRAYVON VS. ZIMMERMAN HOT MESS MAKE VIOLENT CRIME WORSE IN KANSAS CITY AND ACROSS THE NATION?!?!
A rather AWESOME TKC READER has given us something IMPORTANT to think about in Kansas City this morning as the weekend approaches.
To wit . . .
HAS VIOLENCE IN KANSAS CITY AND ACROSS THE NATION BECOME WORSE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE TRAYVON MARTIN AND GEORGE ZIMMERMAN HOT MESS?!?!
One of our FAVORITE readers has EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS INSIGHT along with data to back up his analysis. Check it:
Trayvon Aftermath: Current Violent Crime Trends In Kansas City And Across The Nation According To Dr. Ernest Evans
In the two months since the acquital of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin there have been some very tentative, but alarming, signs that this Zimmerman-Martin case may have sparked an upturn in violence in the US. As I say, these signs are preliminary and so must be treated with caution, but in this memo I will briefly spell them out. In Washington, DC and in Kansas City, Missouri homicide totals for 2013 are above what they were for 2012 at this point in time; in DC From July 1-August 31 2012 there were 8 homicides--in July 1-August 31, 2013 in DC there have been 17 homicides.
In NYC and Chicago the homicide totals fell for the first six months in 2013 compared to 2012--but since about July 1 they have returned to their 2012 levels--in the period July 1-August 31, 2013 in both cities homicide totals were equal to the levels in 2012 in that time period. In the past week in Chicago there have been 16 homicides compared to 8 in the comparable week last year. NYC remains an uncertain situation in the aftermath of the city's primary of Sept. 10, 2013--in this primary the issue of "Stop and Frisk" was a big issue.
Personally, I feel that the crime-fighting potential of "Stop and Frisk" has been overstated--but by making the issue a political football in city politics there is a very real danger that, coupled with the obsession with racism that is currently gripping the national media, the men and women of the NYPD may resort to the behavior that led to the city's crime explosion in the late 1980's and early 1990's in the aftemath of the Tawana Brawley case: They abandon efforts to fight crime in minority neighborhoods out of sheer self-survival since they know that if accused of racism they will get neither due process nor fair media coverage.
In the current national climate of an obsession with the topic of racism every cop in America knows that if he or she is videoed doing anything that looks even remotely improper with a black suspect, they are going to be, at best, summarily fired and at worst brought up on federal civil rights charges--and that they will not get even a pretense of due process or fair media coverage from a national political class that lives in mortal terror of being accused of being racist. So, we may be in the early stages of a major surge of crime in black neighborhoods all over the country as police departments abandon the streets of those neighborhoods to the gangs and criminal elements.